Ruby Chishti

Born in 1963 in Jhang, Pakistan, Ruby Chishti received a BFA from the National College of Arts in Lahore, and later studied bronze casting and sculpture ceramics in the United States. Over the past seventeen years, she has produced lyrical sculptures and installations that touch on issues such as Islamic myths, gender politics, migration and memory, as well as the universal themes of love, loss and being human.

Since 2000, the artist has exhibited internationally, including in Duration: Passage, Persistence, Survivalat the Cornell Council for the Arts Biennial (2018) andWitnessat theKarachi Biennale (2017), as well as at the Colombo Art Biennale (2016); Asia Society, New York; and the Queens Museum, New York. Her recent solo exhibition, Narratives of Memory: A conversation with Time,was held at Jill Stuart Gallery atCornell University in Upstate New York.

She has held residencies internationally – at Vasl in Pakistan, the Harris Museum in the United Kingdom, From Waste to Art Museum Baku, Azerbaijan, and Theertha Red Dot Gallery, Colombo, Sri Lanka – as well as in the US, at the Vermont Studio Center, the Transparent Studio in DUMBO, New York City, and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. The artist has also been invited to be critic and designer in residenceat FSAD Cornell University in Ithaca, New York.

Chishti’s work can be found in the collections of the Devi Art Foundation, New Delhi, India; the V&A Museum of Childhood, London, UK; and the Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester, UK, amongst others.

The artist lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.

  • Ruby Chishti
    Soft restraints II
    2010
    Sheer socks, pantyhose, polyester and thread on canvas
    48 x 60 in
  • Ruby Chishti
    Blemishes of time II
    2009
    Fabric, polyester, Hydrocal plaster, paint
    48 x 28 x 13 in
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